What else goes into our luscious soaps?

These are the things that turn our Blue Mountain Soapworks soaps from ordinary into extraordinary!!

There are many wonderful Jamaican herbs, spices, and other botanicals we may add to our products because of their therapeutic properties. Therapeutic plants are commonplace in Jamaica, especially up in the “bush” of our parish of Portland, Jamaica. Traditional Jamaican “folk” medicine is referred to as “bush medicine” (herbal medicine). Some of the herbs are native to Jamaica while others were introduced by African slaves who used knowledge brought from their homeland, along with the new herbs they discovered in Jamaica, to create therapeutic balms and teas. “Bush tea,” for example, is the term for the concoction of many herbs with breadfruit leaves. Bush teas, still today, treat a wide variety of common ailments.

If we’re creating a soap to ward off mosquitos and sand flies, we might want to add some lemongrass or neem. Jamaica’s fresh fruit and vegetables are also fabulous and full of nourishing nutrients but can drastically reduce the shelf life of soap, so we prefer to use them in natural organic powder form when possible. Following are many of the ingredients we use to beautify our soaps and your skin!!

Herbs, Biologicals, Teas, Fruits

  • Activated Charcoal, Powder – Beside its use as a colorant, activated charcoal has the fantastic ability to adsorb (not absorb), which means it actually attracts other substances to its surface and holds it there. As that translates to soap, those other substances are impurities found on your skin! This makes for a super cleansing bar of soap!
  • Annatto Seed, ground (Jamaica’s “Annatto”) (Bixa orellana) – imparts a beautiful earthy yellow color and is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, and emollient
  • Arrowroot Powder (Jamaica’s “Arrow Root”, “Amaranta”) (Maranta arundinaceae) – Arrowroot is the edible starch of several tropical plant roots. Arrowroot is used when making body powder and baby powder.
  • Banana Powder (Jamaica’s “Ripe Banana”) (Fruit Extract) (Musa Spp) – Banana Powder is rich in potassium and vitamin A. In formulations it has proven to be great for dry skin, and contains no known substance to aggravate or irritate the skin.
  • Burdock Root (Botanical Extract) (Arctium lappa) – contains vitamins B complex and E. Increases circulation to the skin, helping to detoxify the epidermal tissues. It has also been traditionally used in hair care products and products for the treatment of acne, and other scaly skin disorders.
  • Carrot Root Oil and Powder (Jamaica’s “Carrot”) (Daucus carota) – helps to heal chapped, irritated hands and is known to aid in the regeneration of cells. It is also an antioxidant rich in vitamins A and C. The natural carotenoids help reduce the damage due to the sun’s UV rays. Carrot Root Oil can also be a natural preservative.
  • Calendula Petals (Jamaica’s “Pot Marigold”, “Garden Marigold”, “Calendula”) (Calendula officinalis) – soothing; reduces skin inflammation and itching of eczema & insect bites. Gentle enough for babies!
  • Chamomile Petals, Roman (Jamaica’s “Chamomile”) (Anthemis nobilis) – gentle; high content of calcium, magnesium & vitamin A; adds a lovely texture and aroma to the soap; refreshes and softens skin; aids with skin conditions like eczema.
  • Comfrey Powder (Jamaica’s “Comfrey”, “Healing Herb”, “Bone Set”) (Symphytum officinale) – used for centuries to heal sores, cuts, and wounds. The root contains allantoin which rejuvenates skin cells. Do not take internally.
  • Cucumber Peel (Jamaica’s “Cucumber”) (Botanical Extract) (Cucumis sativa) – Calm & cooling … wonderful for its anti-inflammatory and skin-tightening properties! Rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Also a natural source for a fresh, powerful antioxidant. Can be used to keep the facial skin soft while providing a natural sunscreen. Revitalizes stressed and tired skin, leaving calm, cool and radiant.
  • Cucumber Puree (Jamaica’s “Cucumber”) (Cucumis sativus) – cooling, soothing, and healing, useful for irritated skin, freckles, windburn, sunburn, wrinkles, and skin eruptions
  • Custard Apple Powder (Jamaica’s “Custard Apple”, “Apple”, “Cachiman”) (Fruit Extract) (Annona Reticulata L.) – contains alpha-hydroxy acids, which refines and rejuvenates the skin. It is best known for its moisturizing and anti-aging properties, making it perfect for dry or mature skin. It can also maintain the skin’s youthful elasticity.
  • Eucalyptus Leaf Powder (Jamaica’s “Eucalyptus Gum”, “Fever Tree”, “Gum Tree”, “Blue Gum”) (Eucalyptus globulus) – stimulates blood flow & creates a warm feeling; its exceptional antiseptic and antibacterial qualities help to fight infection; works to heal skin lesions, chapped skin, cuts, scrapes, wounds. It is also used to combat dandruff.
  • Green Tea – contains polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants that help protect skin against the adverse effects of UV radiation (sun damage) and possibly photochemical damage that can lead to skin cancer; fights bacteria, reduces inflammation, and treats acne
  • Guava Powder (Jamaica’s “Guava”) (Fruit Extract) (Psidium guajava) – Guava is revered for both its vitamin content and anti-aging properties. This is because Guava is very rich in Vitamin A, B and C, and it helps prevent oxidation of cells.
  • Lemongrass, ground (Jamaica’s “Fever Grass”, “Lemon Grass”) (Cymbopogon Flexuosus) – helps to clear up acne and other skin ailments; great for dry skin. Has a strong reputation as an insect repellent.
  • Mango Powder (Jamaica’s “Mango”, “Manja”) (Fruit Extract) (Mangifera indica) – Mango is reputed to be extremely high in Vitamin A, C and Beta Carotine. Helps prevent the formation of wrinkles and the drying of skin. By preventing the degeneration of skin cells, flexibility of the skin is restored.
  • Neem Leaf Powder (Jamaica’s “Neem”, “Melia”) (Azadirachta indica) – produces azadirachtin, a non-toxic, natural pesticide. Antiseptic, antimicrobial properties beneficial to skin; used for soothing and healing acne, dermatitis, eczema & psoriasis .
  • Papaya Powder (Jamaica’s “Paw Paw”, “Papaw”) (Fruit Extract) (Carica papaya) – has a sweet, summery fragrance. It is excellent in stabilizing oily skin & working as an exfoliant on dry areas. Papaya contains Vitamin A, a property that rejuvenates skin by increasing the rate of new cell formation. Vitamin C is also an anti-oxidant with wonderful proteins for smoother, softer skin.
  • Pineapple Powder (Jamaica’s “Pine”) (Fruit Extract) (Ananas comosus) – contains the fruit enzyme ‘bromelain’ which is effective in exfoliating dead cells on the surface of the skin and also conditions skin.
  • Plantain Leaf Powder (Jamaica’s “English Plantain”) (Plantago major) – This is the herbal plant, not the fruit that resembles a large banana! It has antiseptic and emollient properties so it’s soothing and helps soften and protect skin.
  • Rosemary (Jamaica’s “Jamaican Rosemary”, “Rock Rosemary”) (Botanical Extract) (Rosmarinus officinalis) – highly efficient antioxidant. It is also used to strengthen skin elasticity and slow the aging process.
  • Sarsaparilla Root (Jamaica’s “Sarsaparilla”, “Red Sarsaparilla”, “Granny Bush”) (Botanical Extract) (Smilax regelii) – Sarsaparilla is a member of the lily family and is native to South America and the Caribbean. Has anti-oxidant properties. May benefit chronic skin ailments, such as psoriasis and eczema.
  • Tamarind Fruit Powder (Jamaica’s “Tamarind”, “Tambrin”, “Tamran”) (Tamarindus indica) – Its natural anti-oxidant Vitamin C shields skin from damage due to free radicals from the sun and pollutants. Helps cleanse & exfoliate the skin to feel refreshed, smooth, and supple. Helps pH balance, clarify and brighten skin.
  • Turmeric (Jamaica’s “Turmeric”, “Tambric”, “Yellow Ginger”) (Curcuma longa) – natural healer for skin conditions such as eczema, acne, dry skin and psoriasis. Can decrease the formation of creases and wrinkles.
  • Watermelon Powder (Fruit Extract) (Citrullus Lanatus) – Watermelon is believed to have originated in Africa. It is rich in Vitamin C and naturally occurring carbohydrates and amino acids. Helps to prevent aging caused by UV rays. Helps to protect the skin from everyday toxins and promotes cell-renewal.
  • Yarrow (Jamaica’s “European Carpenter’s Weed”) (Achillea millefolium) – analgesic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, healing, styptic, used for acne, wounds, dandruff, irritated skin, rashes, burns, scarring, cellulite; responsibly wild-harvested